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Best New Civil Judge Dallas 2009 - Marty Lowy

By "new," we mean Democratic, since they came in droves—all 42 of them during the 2006 election. And just because they are Democrats and different from what we had before (read: Republicans) doesn't mean they aren't susceptible to the same judicial foibles as their predecessors—arrogance, ignorance of the law, fear of making a decision, bad taste in robes. But Judge Marty Lowy has none of these, and any judge who attended the original Woodstock—all three days—is bound to be able to keep an open mind. He is not afraid to criticize the Dallas Bar Association when he thinks they act too politically. Yet he did well in the DBA bar poll and is liked by lawyers for his fairness and competence. Judge Craig Smith runs a close second on our list, but Lowy plays a mean guitar in a lawyer boy-band and that put him ahead by a chord.

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Judge Lowy is a bully. Best judge? Give me a break. Only if you happen to sit on the plaintiffs' side of the courtroom. He is one-sided and condescending when it is wholly unnecessary. Doesn't matter if you are Republican or Democrat, judges should call the game fair and square. Judge Lowy does not. He is mean-spirited and biased towards plaintiffs' attorneys.


how can the Observer believe Lowy is the best judge when he's been observed several times nodding off on the bench and at meetings. Also the 5th Court of Appeals recently cited him as having engaged in ex parte communications with one party and not the other forcing him to be removed from the case. And, let's not forget: He immediately, voluntarily, recused himself from the case filed in his Court involving the DA and the Commissioners (the Constable Jamie Cortes investigation case). Judges should not be allowed to pick and choose their cases on the basis of whether a case is too politically hot to handle. Marty Lowy recused himself because he would have made an enemy of Craig Watkins if he ruled correctly in the case. So he took the chicken way out for his political career and caused the taxpayers the additional expense of having to bring in a visiting judge from out of county.

Personally, I evaluate a judge's greatness by what they do when it is hard to do it.

Shame on the Observer for overlooking so many other outstanding, hardworking, deserving, judges in their Best Judge contest.


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